Turkey: Avalanche disaster in Van kills 41

February 6, 2020: At least 41 people have been killed and 84 others have been injured after two avalanches hit Turkey's eastern border with Iran, the Turkish Natural Disaster and Crisis Directorate (AFAD) said.

Two avalanches occurred near Bahçesaray in Turkey's eastern Van Province. On 4 February 2020, an avalanche took place in a mountain pass in the Bahçesaray district. 

Fatalities included eight military police officers, three government-paid village guards, three firefighters and nine volunteers. 


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